August 16, 2013
¡JetBlue es la aerolínea oficial del certamen Miss República Dominicana Universo! El certamen, llevado a cabo el pasado 3 de agosto en el Hard Rock Hotel & Casino en Punta Cana, presentó a 28 hermosas candidatas quienes representaron a varias regiones de la República Dominicana. Las candidatas se dieron cita en el aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas de Santo Domingo en donde pudieron presenciar nuestro galardonado servicio y modernas y espaciosas aeronaves.
La candidata que representó la provincia de Elías Piña, Yaritza Reyes, fue la ganadora de la codiciada corona y representara al país en el certamen Internacional Miss Universo el 9 de noviembre en Moscú, Rusia.
JetBlue is the official airline of Miss Dominican Republic Universe! The pageant, held on August 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, featured 28 beautiful candidates representing various regions in the Dominican Republic. The candidates visited the Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo where they experienced our award-winning service and modern, spacious aircraft first hand.
Yaritza Reyes, the candidate who represented the province of Elías Piña, won the coveted crown and will represent the country in the International Miss Universe pageant on November 9 in Moscow, Russia.
August 15, 2013
We’ve just signed one of Europe’s leading airlines, British Airways, as our 25th airline partner. With this interline agreement, customers can transfer between our two networks at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
This means BA customers now get access to more than 50 of our U.S. routes, including a number of new destinations not served by previous British Airways partners, like Burlington, Vermont (BTV); Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts (MVY): Nantucket, Massachusetts (ACK); and Portland, Maine (PWM). In return, JetBlue customers get access to more than a hundred British Airways routes across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India.
British Airways’ intercontinental markets that are part of the interline agreement include 18 daily flights on the Boston-London Heathrow (LHR), New York/JFK-London City Airport (LCY), New York/JFK- London Heathrow (LHR), New York/JFK-Paris Orly (ORY), Orlando-London Gatwick (LGW) and Washington/Dulles-London Heathrow (LHR) routes.
August 10, 2013
Earlier this year we made a pledge to rebuild New York. As part of this effort, we committed to build three playgrounds in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy in order to reintroduce play in these communities.
Following natural disasters, play becomes even more critical as it creates a sense of normalcy and provides an emotional outlet for kids.
Take a look at our first playground in Long Beach, NY.
Through our longstanding partnership with KaBOOM! we work together to create playgrounds in neighborhoods that are lacking resources, While every KaBOOM! Playground build is an inspiring event, the post-Hurricane Sandy builds give volunteers a special chance to reflect on the storm’s impact while revitalizing their neighborhoods.
The next playground build in partnership with KaBOOM! Will take place on Saturday August 17 at Broad Channel Athletic Club in Broad Channel, NY.
For volunteer opportunities click here!
August 9, 2013
Interacting with our customers is important to us: in flight, at the airport and online! So if you tweet us, you’ll most likely get a response! Let’s take a look at some of our favorite tweets from the past few weeks!
From emotional distress:
To Young Love:
To common sense:
Our Social Media Team will have your back!
Make sure to Follow us out on Facebook and Twitter,
August 8, 2013
This week is Shark Week, so we thought it only fitting to share a photo of Technical Operations crewmembers installing Sharklets on an A320 aircraft at our JFK Hangar! This installation was the fourth of five retrofit modifications we will complete for A320 aircraft already in our fleet. A320 deliveries from this point forward will come with Sharklets installed at the factory.
No need for to fear shark bites! Sharklets are wing tip devices that improve the aerodynamics of Airbus aircraft and significantly cut fuel burn and emissions by up to four percent.
August 8, 2013
Welcome to A Day in the Life, where we take you behind the scenes to learn more about the important jobs that work in concert together to run a major airline.
At JetBlue, we are always looking for new ways to promote careers in our industry. Not only do we think our jobs are pretty awesome, but we also take responsibility to ensure that the future of aviation is in the hands of men and women who share our passion for flight. That’s why we recently partnered with the EAA Young Eagles, the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) and LiveAirShowTV to produce a new video series, entitled “Careers in Aviation,” showcasing the variety of careers within the aviation industry. The series debuted at EAA AirVenture earlier this month.
In the series, there are five videos featuring our very own JetBlue crewmembers from our Accounting, Airport Operations, Flight Operations, Systems Operations and Technical Operations teams. In upcoming A Day in the Life posts, we will reveal these videos. Today, we start with Antonio, a Maintenance Technician who has been with JetBlue since our beginnings.
Take a look to learn about Antonio’s early love for aviation.
Stay tuned for our next A Day in the Life where we will feature another video in this exciting new series. In the meantime check out some of our past A Day in the Life features.
August 7, 2013
Today, we are excited to announce Bags VIP, our new concierge service option, provided in partnership with Bags, Inc. Customer can now pay for hand-delivery of their checked luggage from the airport to their doorstep for a minimal fee. This option is available seven days a week, including holidays.
Want to go straight to the resort without the wait? Need to head to your business meeting before stopping at the hotel…No problem! With Bags VIP, customers can place an order online for the service up to one hour prior to departure from all JetBlue domestic airports, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and select pre-cleared international airports arriving into Boston, Orlando and New York’s JFK airport.
At the final destination, customers can bypass baggage claim and go about their business. Their bags will be retrieved directly from baggage claim by a Bags VIP representative using the applied tag and customer provided information. Delivery will take place within four hours of flight arrival to locations within 40 miles of the airport and within six hours to locations 41-100 miles from the airport. Residential delivery times can also be scheduled in advance to accommodate the customer’s need.
For a limited time, pricing starts at $25 for the delivery of one bag, $35 for two and $40 for up to ten bags to a hotel, business, residential address or anywhere the customer chooses within a 40-mile radius of the airport.
More information is available at: http://www.jetblue.com/bagsvip.
August 5, 2013
Today in San Diego, attendees of the Global Business Travel Association convention will get the first glimpse of the future of JetBlue. Our CEO Dave Barger is on hand to debut the exciting lie-flat seats that we’re installing on our new Airbus A321 jets. Set to fly between New York and both Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2014, our enhanced transcontinental experience is an exciting evolution of the JetBlue offering. Just as we reinvented coach service back in 2000, we’re committed to reinventing the premium transcon market by adding service, comfort and amenities at an affordable price.
Our new transcon A321s will have three types of seating – 143 core experience seats as well as 16 new experience seats including four private suites (complete with a closing door for the ultimate in privacy). These are not your grandmother’s airline seats. All seats in this new experience are fully lie-flat, offer air cushions with adjustable firmness, include a massage feature, and there’s even a unique “wake me for service” indicator that allows customers to determine on the fly whether they’d like to be left alone or experience our crew’s great service.
At the touch of a button, travelers can transform their sleek seat into a bed that stretches up to 6’8” long – one of the longest beds in the sky. When fully extended, they lay 180-degrees flat so you’ll never have to fear sliding down when sleeping! This fully customized seat can easily handle the likes of Kobe Bryant or Lebron James and is the ultimate in comfort.
Our core experience will also enjoy big enhancements with the arrival of the A321, including new seats with adjustable headrests, in-seat power access from every seat, and of course, Fly-Fi. There will also be more TV: we’ll offer an expanded line-up of up to 100 channels of live DIRECTV® programming on huge 10.1″ screens – the biggest we could fit in our seatbacks – through the latest generation product from LiveTV.
Take a peek inside the A321 cabin here to see why we’re excited:
In addition to our transcon A321s, we’ll also operate A321s in a 190-seat all-core experience configuration. Those flights are set to begin in December from New York to Barbados, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, and San Juan.
August 1, 2013
Welcome to Unpacked, where we demystify hot topics in the airline industry! This time we’re talking about some of the mysterious noises you may have heard on a plane.
Whether you’re a first time flier or a world traveler, we know an unexplained noise or event can cause a little bit of anxiety. To help, we decided to share a few of the more common sights and sounds of a flight in a handy list:
- Visible condensation in the cabin
Prior to take off, or while deplaning, you may see vents above the windows pushing out a thick mist. This isn’t smoke, but rather a natural condensation that often occurs when the cool dry air from our air conditioning mixes with the warm humid air from the cabin.
- Barking/sawing sound
Have you ever heard what sounded like barking dogs or sawing timber as you settle into your seat prior to departure? Common guesses as to the source of this sound include changing tires, loading an angry dog or starting an engine. Good guesses, but none of these are correct. That barking sound you hear on the ground is the power transfer unit, which equalizes hydraulic pressure between the engines after a single engine taxi (moving on the ground utilizing only one engine, which is a great way to save fuel, and costs, for everyone).
- Flexing or bending wings
Watching out the window, it may be daunting to see the tips of the wings bounce up and down, but did you know they’re designed to bend? Similar to the way some buildings are designed to sway to withstand earthquakes, you want a certain amount of flexibility to your wings to handle turbulence.
- Moving parts on the wings
Don’t worry, those parts are meant to move! These parts — the flaps and ailerons — are designed to move and direct air movement in different ways. Flaps (which move out and down) are lifting devices that allow the aircraft to fly at lower air speeds. Ailerons (which move up and down) allow aircraft to turn. If you really want to learn more about how this works, you can read up on Bernoulli’s principle..And for the young aviators out there, check out our How Planes Fly video.
- The dings
Dings, or chimes as we call them, are a means of communication between the members of the flight crew. You will hear a chime when the fasten seatbelt sign is turned on and when the pilots make a call to our inflight crewmembers in the cabin. And the plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet you will hear two chimes, indicating that service may begin if conditions warrant.
Is there a concerning sight or sound you have encountered on board that you have wondered about? Post it in the comments and we will do our best to explain it!
July 31, 2013
Yesterday we announced plans to enter into a codeshare with South African Airways, recently named Best Airline in Africa for the 11th consecutive year at the World Airline Awards presented by Skytrax!
Subject to government approval we’ll add our B6 code onto SAA’s two daily flights from the USA as well as on select domestic flights within South Africa, allowing customers to more easily book itineraries that include flights operated by both our airlines. On the day of travel, customers can also enjoy easy one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in, making travel a breeze.
SAA flies nonstop each day from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg, the commercial heart of South Africa, and daily from Washington (Dulles) to Johannesburg via Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa. We intend to codeshare on these routes, as well as on SAA flights beyond Jo’burg to Cape Town, Durban, East London, and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The carrier’s Premium Business Class offers fully-flat bed seats while in Economy Class customers can enjoy industry-leading legroom as well as sumptuous cuisine and award-winning, complimentary South African wines. Just like JetBlue, SAA provides an in-flight experience designed for pure comfort with seatback audio/video entertainment systems that deliver tons of first-run movie and music choices.
Flights are expected to go on sale once we get government approval. For now, though, customers can continue to purchase JetBlue-South African interline travel on www.jetblue.com.